UAV Lands on Car—Deliberately Unmanned aircraft have been launched from vehicles before—they are a convenient and inexpensive alternative to catapults. Now German aerospace center DLR has purposely landed a fixed-wing UAV on a moving car to demonstrate an automated recovery system using optical guidance. Eliminating the landing gear would increase the payload capacity of ultralight, solar-powered, stratospheric UAVs for remote sensing and communications, says DLR, and allow ...

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